Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Brown butter and vanilla loaf cake...
So me and brown butter are still firm friends. And this beautiful loaf cake has only gone and made an even bigger space in my heart for the delicious butter. Yet again I have How Sweet Eats to thank for this delicious recipe.
Have I mentioned that I will have pantry in my new house? By pantry I mean a little cupboard with shallow shelves just waiting to be filled with baking goodies...I can't wait! It's a little strange how much I love having nicely organised kitchen cupboards...trust me I'm not organised in any other aspect of life. But I've had just one cupboard for all food for the last two years so a pantry is really quite an exciting thing for me...even if it is just a glorified second cupboard!
Brown butter and vanilla loaf cake
3 eggs, beaten
1tbsp vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, scraped
190g plain flour
150g granulated sugar
1tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1) First brown the butter. Melt the butter in a saucepan and bring to boil. Stir continuously until brown bits form on the bottom of the pan. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Transfer to the fridge and leave until it just begins to set but is still very soft (approx 20 minutes).
2) Preheat oven to 170 degrees celcius.
3) Mix the eggs, milk, vanilla bean and extract until well combined.
4) In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, flour, salt and baking powder. Add the butter and mix until well incorporated.
5) Gradually add in the egg mixture, mixing well after each addition.
6) Line the loaf tin and fill until 3/4 full. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until golden on top. Leave to cool for 10 minutes and then transfer to cooling rack.
1tsp vanilla extract
160g icing sugar
1) Brown the butter as explained above. Leave to cool but do not refrigerate.
2) Combine the sugar, butter and vanilla extract in a bowl until a paste forms.
3) Gradually add the milk, mixing well after each addition until you're happy with the consistency.
4) Spread over the top of the loaf cake.
Serving suggestion : strawberries are delicious with this :)
I know this recipe seems like a little more effort due to having to wait for the butter to cool but I can't emphasis enough that it is really worth it. My husband doesn't particularly like loaf cakes but he loved this.